SPIN US ANOTHER ONE
* Year of the dag: These days the best way to score a major record deal
is to appear in an Australian soapie.
Following in the footprints of Kylie, Jase, Dannii and Craig, Greg Benson
and Craig Thomson (Matt and Martin respectively in Home and Away) have been over
to the UK shopping around for a record deal.
The Seven soapie has an audience of around 17 million in Britain.
Benson, the hunkier of the two Summer Bay boys, hawked a demo tape
featuring himself and girlfriend Amanda Newman-Phillips, and was quietly
confident of signing on the dotted line.
But it was Thomson, who plays a big dag in the show, who appears to have
been given the nod.
Both the Virgin and CBS labels are interested and Thomson is recording his
demo on Sunday.
ART FOR ART'S SAKE
* In today's exciting instalment ... : The NSW Art Gallery walls were
awash with watercolours, but much attention at yesterday's previews of the
Donald Friend exhibition centred on his illuminated manuscripts and diaries.
Produced over the last two decades of his life, the artist's erotic
illustrations and graphic text titillated many an art-lover. However, some
lamented the fact that they could not read on because the volumes were under
Little of it would make suitable reading in a family newspaper but a
gallery spokeswoman says readers so inclined can follow Friend's sexual
Staff will turn the pages each morning; members of the public can inquire
at the administration reception desk for a $20 season pass.
* Anyone for Venice?: An invitation that fell off the back of a passing
747 invites the lucky recipient to the silvertail wedding of the year, between
Lady Potter's daughter Primrose Dunlop and (it's an extra wide
invitation)Lorenzo Robert Maximillian Giustiniani-Montesini, the Prince
Giustiniani, arguably the only Qantas tea trolley-pusher with a title.
We couldn't help but notice that the happy event is to take place in
Venice on April 16, yet there appears to be no mention of group travel
concessions to and from the Basilica Di San Pedro.
And we wonder how they are going to tie all the empty Foster's cans to the
back of the gondola as the couple are punted off into the sunset?
WEIRD WORLD OF SPORTS I
* Interschool mud wrestling?: We have just been informed by fax that 60s
soccer superstars George Best (pictured) and Denis Law will be visiting
Canterbury Girls' High at lunchtime today to coach the school's promising soccer
Scribbled on the front of this information, sent to us by the sponsors of
the the Best and Law Show, Camperdown Travelodge, was the following addendum:
"And just in case you have a vision of the wild man from Northern
Ireland(George Best, we assume) romping in the mud with eleven 16-year-olds, he
is being accompanied by his girlfriend, to whom he is most dearly attached."
* Okay, Tammy, on the count of three, cry: Work has just begun on Fall
from Grace, the NBC telemovie depicting the decline and fall of Jimmy and Tammy
Bakker's PTL (Praise The Lord) ministry.
Actor Kevin Spacey portrays defrocked evangelist Jim Bakker (pictured),
while Bernadette Peters, wearing 10cm of mascara, plays his tear-stained wife,
The movie will be shown in the US some time in May. Bakker will be able to
enjoy it from a cosy room in a federal prison in Minnesota, where he is serving
a 45-year sentence.
The idea for the telemovie came from the Bakkers. NBC won't say how much
was paid to the couple for the rights.
* Mangle-free zone: Weird world of sportster Ken Sutcliffe sportingly
confessed that his Manglish Award, handed out by reader Glenn Davis, should
properly go to diver Craig Rogerson, whom he was interviewing at the time.
It was Rogerson who said: "It's a long way up but it's an even longer way
It appears Sutcliffe has escaped the Commonwealth Games telecast with a
mangle-free record, although we demand a steroids test before presenting him
with a Today's People Anti-Manglish Medal.
Who will receive the Gold | Gold | Gold | Commonwealth Sportsmanglish
All will be revealed on Monday.